Player Spotlight: Keaton Kristick

Interview with St. Mary's Athlete

Our next interview comes from St. Mary's LB/RB Keaton Kristick. Keaton seems to be flying a little under the radar recruiting wise but the staff at 24-7 expects Keaton to be one of the more sought after recruits in the state. He has great size, athleticism and good grades to make any college recruiter take a second look. He also has preformed well at some early combines and we expect Keaton to start to get more attention on a national basis. Keaton is currently ranked the number three LB on the 24-7 top LB list and could easily make a case for being number 1. Here is what he had to say…

 

24-7Football.com: What were your stats from last season?

Keaton Kristick: This past year, I had 117 tackles, 27 for losses, six sacks, eight hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. On offense I had 850 yards rushing, including 9 touchdowns, 17 receptions for 233 yards and 1 touchdown.


24-7: What is your official height and weight?

Keaton: I was measured at 6"3 and 223 lbs at the doctor's office.

24-7: What is your greatest football memory?

Keaton: I was brought up to Varsity at the end of my freshmen season, where I beat Brophy two times in one year.

24-7: What are your goals for the upcoming season?

Keaton: First off, one of team goals is to win the Desert Valley Region. Also, as a Senior I'd like to go out on top, and help my team win another State Championship. Individually, I want to be the best player in the region and when all is said and done, I want to be considered as one of the best, if not the best player in Arizona.

24-7: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer?

Keaton: Our team's been working out since January. Lifting, running, and watching film. Also, I've been working out with many NFL prospects while training with Warren Anderson and Rehab Plus. This summer I have 3 Combines I am attending: U.S. Army All-American combine in LA, Nike training camp at Oregon and the NRTA combine at ASU. I have a busy summer schedule but I'm also looking to attend camps at two of my favorite schools (Schedule willing, possibly CU and NU).

 

24-7: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?

Keaton: You can never be big enough, strong enough or fast enough. So obviously I'm working on those. Since November I have been watching a lot of film in order to put myself in the right spot all the time.

24-7: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?

Keaton: Aaron Verlinde (QB/FS), Josh Felton (HB/CB), Jon Ciani (OG/DE), Josh Smith (OT), and Jason Owens (TE/LB).

24-7: Name one teammate you really respect and why?

Keaton: Jon Ciani, because he is a great team leader, has a great heart and is the epitome of a Knight.

24-7: What are your goals regarding playing football in college? 

Keaton: I want to prepare myself to be an impact on my team and on the game itself.

24-7: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?

Keaton: Interested schools so far seem to be: Kansas, Oregon, Northwestern, Stanford, Washington, and USC among others. Oregon State has offered.

24-7: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?

Keaton: I would consider staying in-state, yes.

24-7: What would your top 5 college choices be?

Keaton: Stanford, Oregon, Northwestern, USC and Texas Tech. This summer will really help me decide where I go to school.

 

24-7: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?

Keaton: # 40 at Paradise Valley (Matt Clapp). He was a great high school football player and I enjoyed competing against him. I wish him the best of luck in college.

24-7: Name one opponent who you really respect and why?

Keaton: Gilbert Highland because we beat them 30-7 early in the year and they rebounded for a great season.

24-7: What other sports do you play?

Keaton: I played freshman basketball way back when but since I have concentrated on football.

24-7: What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?

Keaton: Bench- 280, Squat- 430, power clean- 275, 40 yd dash- 4.63.

24-7: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?

Keaton: He would say that I am a good leader and disciplined football player.
 
24-7: Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Keaton: Donovan McNabb because I have worked out with him the past 2 summers. I have seen how hard he works and where it gets him on the football field.

24-7: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Keaton: "If you are going to do something, do it with 150% so you don't have to do it again". - Mom

 

24-7: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?

Keaton: We are a very young but very explosive team. If we can really come together as a team early in the season and just let our athletic ability take over we will have the kind of season we want to have.

24-7: What position do you think you will play in college?

Keaton: Most likely linebacker. Though I am willing to play any position my coach needs me at.


24-7: What can a college program expect from you as a player?

Keaton: One of the many things I will bring my school of choice, is I can balance school and football well, I am a good student-athlete. On the field, I have very good range and a great love of for the game.

 

The staff at 24-7 would like to thank Keaton for his time and wish him luck training for next year. Anyone wishing to contact Keaton may email jason@24-7football.com.


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